Gualala Arts Executive Director David 'Sus' Susalla welcomed local students from grades K through 12 for a musical concert by Cloudfire on Thursday. His plan is to make this an annual event for students to kick off the Redwood Coast Whale and Jazz Festival, which opens for its eighth year April 1. David Torres photo.
Harrison Goldberg played and demonstrated to students the tenor, alto and soprano saxophones.
Musician and sculptor Leon Schneiderman impressed listeners with music that came from his self-made metallophone.
Last Thursday, bus loads of children from South Coast schools were treated to world music at the Gualala Art Center.
Organized by local radio DJ Fred Adler and Gualala Art Center director David 'Sus' Susalla, a tantalizing hour of music played by Cloudfire entertained students and adults with their unique sound.
The group, introduced by dulcimer, oud and bansuri, a type of flute, musician Gretchen Barton took listeners on a journey of East Indian, Middle East, improvisational jazz and very unusual rhythms that captured the ears and minds of everyone who attended.
Pleasantly surprised by the attention that Cloudfire had on the youthful crowd, Susalla said he will make this first-time Youth & Jazz concert a yearly event. The concert was the first of the Redwood Coast Whale & Jazz Festival running April 1 through 24.
Cloudfire will also perform at the Annapolis Winery during the festival with a
Wine & Jazz performance Saturday April 24, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
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Gretchen Barton on dulcimer.
Janet DeBar's didjeridu filled the Gualala Arts Center with a hypnotic sound last week.
Dave Jordan on
fretless electric bass guitar.